LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Swimming pools being hauled by an 18-wheeler landed on the roadway of I-210 Friday, leading to massive traffic backups.
Sgt. Richard Harrell, with the Lake Charles Police Department, said a vehicle entering 210 pulled out in front of the 18-wheeler hauling two large fiberglass pools, causing the driver of the truck to slam on the brakes. A driver of a tanker following the flatbed truck was also forced to slam on the brakes, but the tanker could not avoid a collision and knocked the pools off.
There were no injuries, but the driver of the smaller vehicle was cited for improper lane usage and careless operation of a vehicle.
A wrecker had to be brought in to put the pools back on the flatbed. The accident happened around noon and the pools were moved around 2 p.m.
The accident caused major delays, particularly since I-10 through Lake Charles was already down to one lane due to maintenance on overpasses and the Calcasieu River bridge.
As traffic backed up, there was a second accident at Nelson Road that also caused 210 WB to shut down.